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Library Leaves is published online by the staff of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. In keeping with our mission to educate, support the study of the Arboretum and living collections, and share botanical knowledge, this blog will offer a closer look at our unique collections, upcoming events, and ongoing projects. Keep reading and continue to visit us online and in person! Follow us on Twitter, @AAhortlib.

The Arnold Arboretum’s Cuban Connection

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, August 2, 2016

The Arnold Arboretum’s Cuban Connection

John Jack in Cuba, April 1927

Harvard University began its involvement with topical botany in Cuba in 1899 when Edwin Atkins (1850–1926), owner of the Soledad Plantation in Cuba, met with Harvard Professors Oakes Ames and George Goodale and established The Harvard Botanic Station for Tropical Research and Sugar Cane Investigation. In 1920, the ties between the garden and Harvard became […]

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Library joins The Harvard Depository

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, May 19, 2016

Simmons Interns In The Archives

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, January 20, 2016

Simmons Interns In The Archives

Lilac Sunday collection

For many years, the library has been very lucky to have a number of Simmons students from the School of Library and Information Sciences come intern with us. Students are placed at the Arboretum through their introductory archive classes, where they must finish a number of hours to receive course credit. Multiple projects have been […]

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A Naturalist in Western China, part two

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, August 31, 2015

A Naturalist in Western China, part two

Wilson Chinese collectors

I was fortunate to intern with the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library from January to February of this year, during which time I promised to write a two-part series on Ernest Henry Wilson’s A Naturalist in Western China. After a (very) long break due to other academic work, I’m finally back to finish the series with […]

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The Journey of the Giant Sequoia

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, July 30, 2015

The Journey of the Giant Sequoia

Giant Sequoia

Passersby strolling along Hemlock Hill Road are struck by the amazing view of the conifer collection, sprawling above the open glade known as Kent Field, across from Bussey Brook. Among the pines, spruces, and firs is one of the Arboretum’s finest specimens of giant sequoia or redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum). This native of California’s Sierra Nevada […]

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Migrations: Celebrating Susan Hardy Brown

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, July 15, 2015

Migrations: Celebrating Susan Hardy Brown

Susan Hardy Brown

During her 30 years at Arnold Arboretum, Susan Hardy Brown prepared many thousands of herbarium specimens for staff and researchers. On the occasion of her retirement this month, we spoke with Susan to ask about her curatorial work, her career in the visual arts, and about the history of the Arboretum. Susan first joined us […]

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Dawson medals come to the Arboretum Archives

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, May 18, 2015

Dawson Medals Come to the Arboretum Archives

Channing Dawson and Ned Friedman

On May 9, 2015, the Arboretum received a special visit from descendants of Jackson Thornton Dawson (1841-1916), the first Plant Propagator of the Arnold Arboretum and indeed the first person hired by Charles Sargent for the staff of his new arboretum. Great grandson Channing Dawson, his wife, and children came to present the Archives with […]

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Meet Joseph Rock in our Visitor Center

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, April 7, 2015

Meet Joseph Rock in our Visitor Center

Joseph Rock on horseback

Joseph Charles Francis Rock (1884–1962) was, among many things, an explorer. He traveled in Asia from 1920 until 1949 collecting plants for various institutions including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Geographic Society and The Arnold Arboretum. Charles Sargent hired Rock to explore China and Tibet for the Arboretum with the assignment to collect […]

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A Naturalist in western China

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, February 20, 2015

A Naturalist in Western China, part one

Wilson_Zappey_China_1908

Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) explored the regions Sichuan and Hubei in Western China and borderlands of Tibet four times, in 1899-1902, 1903-1906, 1907-1909, and 1910-1911. The former two trips were executed for the Veitch Nursery Firm in England, the latter for the Arnold Arboretum. The Arnold Arboretum trips were the more important ones, being scientific […]

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A close call with Asian Longhorned Beetle

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, January 29, 2015

A close call with Asian Longhorned Beetle

American Forests

Arnold Arboretum featured in American Forests magazine Anyone who remembers our recent scare with the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) may be interested in seeing the Winter 2015 issue of American Forests magazine (Volume 120, number 4). “Eradication Nation” by Tate Williams features Arboretum Director of Operations Stephen Schneider, who provides a behind-the-scenes account of Arnold […]

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